AIV Technician

University of Leicester

Direct Entry Job Fixed Term Leicester, UK

Uploaded 28 Oct 2021

Job Description

About the role

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester conducts world leading research and instrumentation development to advance knowledge for the public good. The Department’s capability is demonstrated by its portfolio of both space and ground-based instrumentation. For over 50 years, instruments built by the Department have been successfully operating both in space and around the world. This success is expected to continue into the future. To achieve this, the Department works closely with leading space organisations such as the United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) and has an internal engineering team tasked with taking scientific instruments from initial concept to construction, deployment and into operation. Recent and current projects include the Mercury Imager Spectrometer (MIXS) instrument on the BepiColombo mission (currently en-route to Mercury) and the Soft Xray Imager (SXI) instrument on the SMILE mission due for launch in 2024.

Key Tasks

We are looking for an AIV Technician to join the Department of Physics and Astronomy to support the manufacture, integration and test and development of instrumentation for Space projects. 

  • Training and valuable experience in the engineering of instrument hardware.
  • Opportunity to work on ground support systems to support space projects 
  • Heavily involved in assembly, integration and testing of equipment that will be launched into space.

Person Specification

About you


Experience of working in the Space Industry is not a prerequisite for this role.  Experience of manufacture, assembly, integration and test of small-scale components in a research environment, or an industry such as automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical etc. would be advantageous.


You will be educated to NVQ level 3, ONC or equivalent in a relevant engineering subject with experience of mechanical assembly and skill in manual/CNC machining. 


For more information on the role and its responsibilities please see the Job Summary Form. 

Informal queries are welcome and can be made to Roisin Speight - [email protected] or Tony Crawford - [email protected].